Vitalik Buterin, who’s known as the CEO of one of the biggest blockchain platforms in the world, has made a significant move in the cryptocurrency world. He recently sent 600 ETH (Ethereum’s cryptocurrency) to the popular crypto exchange Coinbase. This action came at a time when the entire crypto market was experiencing a period of decline, causing the price of ETH to drop by almost 10% in the last week. This situation raised concerns within the cryptocurrency community, as similar transactions in the past have often led to a decrease in the value of Ether.
Information from Etherscan, a tool that tracks transactions on the Ethereum blockchain, revealed that an address linked to Buterin moved 600 ETH to Coinbase on the current day. Interestingly, this sizable transfer of one million dollars worth of ETH happened shortly after the broader cryptocurrency market went through a significant downturn, resulting in more than a billion dollars worth of crypto being sold off.
As of now, the value of ETH was priced at $1,666, and its total market worth was a bit over $200 billion. During the previous week’s market drop, the price of Ether reached its lowest point in two months, plummeting to $1,615. Notably, over the last 24 hours, more than $4 million worth of ETH holdings were sold off, according to Coinglass, a platform that analyzes cryptocurrency movements. Furthermore, Ether’s options trading volume had decreased by more than half, around 51.5%.
In the world of crypto chatter, particularly on platforms like X (formerly known as Twitter), people were speculating about the reasons behind Buterin’s sudden transfer of cryptocurrency. Some suggested that he might be using these funds to purchase alternative cryptocurrencies, commonly referred to as altcoins. Despite the considerable amount of money involved in the transfer, some users downplayed its significance, hinting that Vitalik Buterin might be selling off his own ETH holdings due to the recent market decline.
In another piece of news, Lookonchian reported earlier in the day that Buterin had paid back 251,000 RAI on the Maker platform on August 20, 2023. This repayment was then followed by a withdrawal of 1,000 ETH, which was worth approximately $1.6 million. The exact motivations behind Buterin’s recent transactions are still uncertain and open to speculation within the crypto community.